This can help her associate strangers with the more appropriate behavior. They are really good for her. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. My dad friends come over and all she does is bark at them amd it scares me that she will grow up to be mean towards people and I dont know what else to do. She’s such a friendly dog and loves a fuss and with most people she’ll go over to them straight away but if she’s not expecting to see somebody somewhere if they startle her. Never give your dog attention if he rudely nudges your hand or barks in your face. For a 4-month-old puppy, frequent naps are needed. Any advice on how to get this little monster under control ,lol. Most of these fear-related behaviors fade as the dog matures, gains confidence, and becomes used to the triggering situation. Best of luck training, Ruff Love, It's yer Choice, Crate Games and Engagement will give you a very well trained and rounded puppy. Let Shoko be the one to approach your grandmother once your grandmother is within ten feet of her. With three kids and her incessant barking whilst on the property at anyone and everything, having friends over makes me worry that people will avoid us because she is SO bark-y and intimidating with her Rottweiler coloring. Confidence building: Carry treats or her dog food with you in a treat pouch or small ziplock bag during these outings, and give her treats for good responses to people, also have people give pup treats too. Starting the training at a new location might be easier for Shoko at first. After watching him I was very careful to only tell him to not bark when it was needed. Being a dog that is of working lineage, she'll need tons of exercise both mental and physical, and the training will take care of that! I have three children and she’s so good with them. In the meantime, take a look here for pointers: and as well, here: They become obsessively attached, and a strong bond gradually mutates into overprotective behavior. Allow your dog to bark three to four times. Best of luck training, Put your puppy in his or her crate for some down time. I would continue to socialize her as you are doing. This part is hard for humans — I understand. Many thanks :) I am sorry that Bea is barking too much. Is donating a Puppy/Dog to a disabled person Tax Deductible? Drop him off at lots of different dog-trustworthy friends' homes, one person at a time for a few hours each time, that way you don't have to go inside and interact and can still social distance but pup can get the social exposure he needs in fun ways. Dogs bark and lunge at other dogs to warn, “Go away! Edit: I forgot to say to put this to a cue like "say hello," then treat him maybe if his nose touches the person's hand (or whatever you want). Once you have a few obedience commands under control, sign her up for a group class to learn and socialize with other dogs. Some dogs are territorial at home but fine with others in another, neutral environment. In the same guide, you will see the Desensitize Method which is great for dogs who get excited when the door knocks or people come over. Once she is willing to approach, have them give her a simply command like Sit and calmly hand the treat from an open calm. With any other dog though, he's constantly growling, fur standing, nose going into a scrunch, teeth baring, and sometimes tail tucking and or tries to bite their face if the dog gets to close. The only problem is, barking is not polite! But will go back to barking right after they give him the treat. Hello. I also suggest teaching pup to Say Hi/touch: You want your dog to engage with you rather than look at others. As your puppy becomes more comfortable and less prone to barking, ask the guests or strangers to toss treats from closer each time you have an encounter until your puppy can take a treat from the palm of a stranger’s hand without barking. Muzzle: If you feel his behavior warrants the use of a muzzle for the time being while you work on solving this problem, then it may be a wise choice. I would also contact a trainer who is used to working with dogs that have issues, whether it be timidity or aggression. Dogs may bark compulsively because of anxiety, trauma, or a personality disorder. Hello Vicky, Recruit as many gentle friends as you can to walk up to you but stand several feet away. ... (such as a stranger in the yard). When she approaches men if she recognises them she lowers herself to the ground then lick them and or rolls over onto her back?. Also, check out this video. Take a look here: (The Desensitize Method may be useful, as well as the Quiet Method.) And let people know if they're approaching him to hold their hand out and then tell him to "say hello.". If you have any advice please anything will help, Hello Rebecca, I don't recommend a collar - that could make this issue worse at this age. a dog barks from far away. This dog barks and growls to drive others away. It sounds like pup needs more socialization at this age. If your overprotective dog is in the beginning stages of training, keeping him separated from guests might be best. We want your dog to predict that other dogs near him means that YUMMY FOOD will appear! Often pups will improve overtime if you continue to expose them, even though they may seem to regress temporarily as they hit various stages of maturity, that can make them temporarily more fearful. There’s no reason to bark because strangers will always give treats! With careful training, his barking will be spontaneous and brief. Even if we are in a group of people, some he will ignore, others he will approach, and then others he will bark and growl at. There may be many reasons: a stressful past ordeal, a lack of stimulation, or genetics. None of us has actually met you or your puppy and before giving advice on training or behavioural problems one really should see the how dog and owner interact and what the dog is actually doing first hand. As soon as she takes a break, praise her and have your grandmother toss treats over to her. Whichever method you choose, you should begin your training as early as possible to catch the problem before it can grow out of control and you should begin to see progress or a complete change in two to four weeks with consistency and repetition of your training techniques. This bark isn’t a slight grumble here and there; instead, she barks incessantly and her entire demeanor changes (hair will stand up, etc). He kept my hands and legs with sores due to all the biting. by Shawnicus on 28 July 2016 - 21:07, by HolesInMyBoots on 28 July 2016 - 22:07. How to Train a Puppy to Stop Barking at Strangers. I know some people who use bark collars that do not shot they just beep or vibrate would that be a good idea? This will likely look like rewarding calm responses from a distance, interrupting outbursts and using structured obedience to build her trust and respect for you, work up to strangers rewarding from closer and closer distances as she learns to trust them and you more, and finally having them practice obedience with her to gain trust. Take socialization at the pace he’s comfortable with. Most of the time that's actually detrimental in itself because they start expecting it and if they can't meet them anymore, that's when excitement goes into frustration, frustration turns into reactivity and maybe even aggression. Shoko will probably bark at first, but simply ignore her and wait until she stops for a second. This can be preceded by growling or an unusual amount of focus. During this time, avoid any punishment for reactivity. He was the last puppy of the litter, the breeder allows buyers to pick, rather than her picking who's suitable. First, have your dad's friends ignore her when they enter, then whenever she gets quiet for at least a second, have them toss her a treat nonchalantly. It is critical that the appearance of the new dog causes meat to fall from the sky. Thresholds: If he wants in your lap, ask him to do a trick first. This will help your puppy associate the tastiest treats with the presence of strangers. You know you have made great progress when your dog sees another dog, and he turns his head away from the once-threatening dog and looks into your eyes, expecting a treat. If pup is too worked up have the person stand far enough away pup can stay calm and toss treats to pup from there, then as pup relaxes let pup approach the person when they are feeling braver and friendlier. Best of luck training, My puppy is nice to some people but then out of nowhere she will start to bark and growl. You ignore everything else. If another person is coming your way, don’t hesitate to turn around and walk in another direction. My dog would never be aggressive, but she won't stop barking at strangers and passersby. Sometimes having low thyroid levels contributes to unwanted canine behavior. This is often considered the 5-month-old puppy fear stage. Please let me know if you have additional questions. He'll be startled and he might yelp because of it, but this will turn his focus elsewhere. You will need to work extra hard to socialize your fearful dog. Once your dog is looking at her (former) trigger and then looking expectantly up at you for a treat, you can begin to put this skill on cue. If we're out walking with friends dogs then she doesn't bark at them. She has a nervous temperament so it’s mostly worry I think cause she wags her tail when she does it but it makes me quite anxious as it’s hard to get her to stop. Sit: The Turn Method for Heel: By kick in the bum, I mean if he begins lunging at somebody or growling, take the foot on the opposite side of where he is (your foot), bring it behind you, and gently tap him with your foot. Sometimes it’s as little as someone opening an window (I live in apartment). Reducing Fear in Your Dog | The Bark Hello Tasha, As long as you keep working toward stopping the behavior, separating an overprotective dog from company is a temporary management solution. After they pet him, he does fine & stops barking. She is amazing with dogs but terrible with strangers. Fear – by far the most common explanation for aggressive growling. You should not expect, or want, her to be barking at people, strangers or not! We’ve had her from 8 weeks and she’s been well socialised with people and dogs but her behaviour is getting worse. Since joining a class may not be an option, I recommend either inviting dog savy friends over to a fenced area and having them toss pup treats whenever he responds calmly to them, then have him perform commands like Sit to earn treats when he gets warmed up enough to get close, then to practice gently touching in in various locations of his body - one spot - like a shoulder, at a time while feeding a treat with their free hand each time they touch - stopping the touch as soon as the food is gone. Have regular get-to-togethers with your grandmother. Measure out Shoko's food for the day into a zip-lock bag and have your grandmother toss pieces of food to her without looking at her. Hi. It is important though, that the family be on board for helping Bowie learn how to behave. Caitlin Crittenden, My dog Bowie is a Romanian rescue and is still very young! Most stressed and highly aroused dogs won't take food, you want to interrupt that mindset first, then work at a level she can handle. Barking is annoying at the best of times and intimidating at the worst and a puppy will quickly learn that it can be an effective tool. When she see a stranger in the street or even our neighbours outside, she starts barking at them. Involve Other People in the Dog’s Life If she makes the choice on her own and receives a reward for doing so, that should help her be braver in the future around that type of thing again. You may want hire a trainer who works with several other trainers, who will rotate working with your dog as "strangers" in public places, so that you can practice the training with people who know how to do this who your dog thinks are new. Caitlin Crittenden. Best of luck training, As soon as pup gets quiet for even a second or calmly moves closer to say hi, have the friend gently toss a treat at pup's paws without saying anything. I want to stop this before it become a habit and I can't take her outside! Thank you for writing in! So just push through that time if that starts to happen. Here's some info that will help you understand the classical conditioning your trainer wants you to use (feeding around strangers). Best of luck training, During this time, engage your dog’s mind with mind puzzles, obedience work, and fun stuff like games in the house or yard. Potential causes may be any of the following…. Practice this often so that pup begins to expect rewards and not being touched when people approach and relaxes more. Practice those commands on the walk when people aren't around first, gradually progressing to when there are people off in the distance, then closer. Take pup to all different types of locations, starting with calmer locations first. At the beginning, they are looking for just seconds of quiet to have a chance to toss the treat to her - as she relaxes more while doing this, the quiet periods should come more often to allow you to reward more often and wait for longer periods of quiet. ... (4 hours) since she is now 8 months. I am really worried that we will not be able to control it and he will become aggressive. Caitlin Crittenden, My puppy is 4 months and she is just now getting to socialize and I have tried walks and bringing her to stores and having her around people so she can get used to them petting her. Good luck! For Example, touch his ear and give a treat, touch his shoulder and give a treat, gently touch his tail and give a treat, ect...Even if he does well being touched now, do this as a preventative to maintain his tolerance later. Take Nellie on lots of walks and give her the opportunity to meet male friends that you may have. There are a few ways to do this. Best of luck training, A head halter is a temporary solution to stop a dog from barking at strangers, so do not rely solely on it to solve the problem. She is very gentle at playing, loves meeting and playing with new people, and has never had any sort of aggression problem. He needs to meet at least a hundred different people in a positive way, including men, women, children, people of different races, different ages, disabled people, different looking people, ect...think about who he normally is around in your home and make sure you include a lot of people who are different in some way from his family, to make sure he gets used to them too. Meanwhile, when we are out on a walk, she’s really excited to see people and see other dogs and whimpers really—there’s rarely ever a bark on a walk. Now is the time to assert yourself as not just mom but as leader of the pack. Problem Dog Barking is Common. My puppy has this problem in staying calm when passing by people. Caitlin Crittenden. I have a 9 month old Dorky puppy got her at 6 weeks. Do this whenever she stops barking for a second. This will help him be more comfortable with different people. The training reinforcer MUST be a great one, such as real meat. Good luck with giving these suggestions a go, and happy training! Don't stop and be sure to put her into lots of socialization situations, like the dog park, walks where you meet up with other people and dogs, and please continue the training classes. Our puppy is 4 months old. Look for gentle men for pup to meet especially. Hi Sebastian Your Rottweiler is still very young, she’s the equivalent of a teenager (and a young one at that). Please take a look at the entire video for training. Hello Yona, You can’t help but smother your dog with love every time he’s within petting distance, but that isn’t always what’s best for him. Separate Room: Your dog won’t get better without practice, but sometimes you have to weigh the risks versus rewards. Right off the bat, I would start working on obedience commands right away, reinforcing and strengthening the commands she already knows, and adding others. Have them stand several feet away and calmly talk to you while ignoring pup, whenever pup pauses barking for even a second or responds to your quiet command, have them gently toss pup a treat while ignoring them still. What can i do for her to be friendlier and playful. Aggression gets harder to address the older a puppy gets. See if you have dog savy friends that pup can go visit at their house for a day, while they practice the above with him. Once pup can handle that, have the person practice rewarding pup for obedience, like sitting. During this stage they display the same behaviors as human teenagers... testing limits, resisting authority, talking back, mood swings and so on. Socialize Good luck! Going to their neighborhood and having them just meet you on the sidewalk can be a good way to get friends to help, since it's fairly convenient for them that way, gives pup new people to practice with, and is practice in a variety of environments. Because she’s so strong and loud when she barks, I don’t like the idea of introducing them. It is critical that the appearance of the new dog causes meat to fall from the sky. But, honestly, these are our two major issues with him. This scares a lot of people. Caitlin Crittenden. He'll be startled and he might yelp because of it, but this will turn his focus elsewhere. These treats should be especially tasty or interesting for your puppy. Most overprotective dogs choose to guard only the person they feel closest to. She starts growling at first and then barks. So find yourself a Trainer or Training Class. a lady walked by. You can still invite guests into your home as long as you prioritize managing your dog’s behavior. If your dog barks at strangers, you may notice that the barking doesn’t stop when the strangers are out of sight. Control your puppy’s line of sight if possible to keep him from stressing while he should be out exercising. Best of luck training, Continue getting pup out in public even though it may seem a bit hard right now. Look up "Ruff Love", "It's yer choice" and "Crate Games" from Susan Garrett and "Engagement" from Micke Forrester. When pup tolerates the touching well, have the friends reward pup for coming over to say hi, obeying a calm Sit command, then being given a treat and a small pet - to teach pup manners and calmness instead of just learning to run up to people or jump instead of hide. When he is very comfortable with people and not a bite risk, then you can also get him used to being touched by giving him a treat whenever he is touched somewhere. Be careful about others doing this if he is still nervous. First: All Dogs bark (with the exception of one breed). The first step is to reframe what an oncoming dog means to your dog. One of the most permanent solutions to the problem is by training the German Shepherd not to bark at strangers. Today, when we were walking him at the lake, he was very calm, but as soon as a person comes to walk right next to us to pass us, he runs towards them and lunges, growling and barking so I have to yank him back. When the other dog is out of your dog’s view, all treats stop. He is always overjoyed to welcome you home and will greet you by barking. It’s usually the same person who fills their food bowls, takes them on walks, and handles training. Otherwise, arm yourself with patience. He was very friendly with strangers up until ge was 5 months old. Barking cant be totally eliminated as it is a natural behavior and a form of puppy communication, but you can teach your puppy to reduce barking. Use the “quiet” technique by holding your dog’s muzzle. Hello Danielle, Once she can get within a couple of feet of someone, having her work with them by doing things like a structured heel, obedience, and agility can help build her confidence around them. Caitlin Crittenden. I try to make him sit and look at me but he just goes haywire and I don’t know what to do. She also avoids and barks at other people at the dog park and avoids playful dogs. Structure and calmness - especially Heel and Place: Anxiety – puppies do not like (nor should they) be left alone for long periods. Having people you know that your dog does not know practice this with her can also help her learn to be calmer around people. Often, though, there is … Post by XXpuppyloveXX » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:40 pm ... she is 9 months old and as i said she is gorgeous, really cute, so easy to train ( sit, stay, come, toilet train etc.) However, he responds to them if they give him commands if they have a treat. Take it slow and let Shoko initiate the interactions. Start with calmer more spacious locations first, or people you know who will calmly toss her treats and ignore her. Hi, I’m actually writing this as a concerned child (who is in college) about my family’s dog, Bella. I can never get him to stop, and its really embarrassing. I’m not being helpful at all but your dog looks exactly like mine! it's snowing, you're too busy putting everything in your mouth. This needs to be done very carefully to avoid a bite and go at a pace she can learn without under or overwhelming her. Obedience in general: So, we would keep the meetings short, 5 - 10 minute meetings, every 2 weeks. 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